Passopisciaro Passobianco, 100% Chardonnay I.G.T

Instead of the indigenous Carricante, which grows on the eastern side of the volcano, Passobianco is made of 100% Chardonnay. When Franchetti arrived on Mt. Etna, he planted 4 hectares of the grape on steep terraces between 850 and 1,000 meters/2,600 and 3,300 feet above sea level in contrada Guardiola, in very loose, deep, powder-like lava that is rich in minerals. We began making this wine in 2007, and it is formerly known as Guardiola bianco.

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Description

Instead of the indigenous Carricante, which grows on the eastern side of the volcano, Passobianco is made of 100% Chardonnay. When Franchetti arrived on Mt. Etna, he planted 4 hectares of the grape on steep terraces between 850 and 1,000 meters/2,600 and 3,300 feet above sea level in contrada Guardiola, in very loose, deep, powder-like lava that is rich in minerals. We began making this wine in 2007, and it is formerly known as Guardiola bianco.

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Specifications

BLEND
100% Chardonnay
HARVEST DATES
August 13-23
VINEYARD AGE
15 years
VINEYARD AREA
15 hectares
VINEYARD DENSITY
12,300 vines/Ha
VINEYARD ALTITUDE
1,000 m asl
YIELD PER HECTARE
48 Hl/Ha
FERTILIZATION
None
SPRAYING
Clay, propolis, grapefruit seed extract, copper, sulfur
VINIFICATION
Steel vats for 20 days at 23 degrees Celsius
AGING
10 months in cement vats and large oak barrels, followed by an additional 6 months in bottle
PRODUCTION
25,300 bottles

The Producer

Andrea Franchetti arrived on Mt. Etna in 2000 and helped to initiate the renaissance of viticulture on the mountain and an international discovery of the region as a quality wine region. Franchetti makes eight different wines at his winery Passopisciaro, fewer than 8,000 total cases annually. Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe, given to relatively frequent lava spills. These spills devastate the landscape, yet each flow leaves a unique mineral profile, giving rise to the notion of various terroirs, here called Contrade. The borders of the Contrade reflect old feudal property lines, which are still mapped out on the local land registry. As Passopisciaro, we respect and play to the strengths of the terroir on Etna, producing wines of remarkable complexity and individual personality.

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Awards

Wine Advocate 92 – 2016
Vinous Media 90 – 2017